Driving Instructor Training
On the home page, you would have been able to read my story. Why I finally took the decision to take control of my life and how that decision has panned out for me.
On this page, I have included some of the real case studies from driving instructors. Who were happy to share their own personal stories to give you a balanced overview.
You will read a variety of reasons given for leaving their past jobs. But the one thing they all have in common and that is the desire to take control of their work/life balance and be in a position to choose what they do.
I was made redundant when 50% of the workforce where I worked was axed. I was in the building trade at management level and had enjoyed my career for over 20 years.
I always had the ambition to be my own boss and work the hours I choose and now this has become a reality. I am really looking forward to becoming part of the team and one thing I can be assured of is that with the continued support I will be in for a long, successful and rewarding career to which my goal is to improve every day”.
After working for the last ten years in financial services and suffering the volatile market conditions that go with it, the decision to seek a new challenge was forced on me during the massive recession of 2010. Work finally dried up and I was no longer able to make a living.
Even when work in financial services was plentiful, the trade off was the busier I became, the more time I spent away from my family. The very nature of the work involved visiting clients at their homes when they were not at work, so evenings and at weekends.
Many a time especially during the summer months when my neighbours would be spending time in the garden with their children or taking trips to the beach, It felt a huge wrench when I had to go to work and miss out on the quality family time. I still regret that irreplaceable time and before I knew it my young children had grown up.
I trained and became a driving instructor during 2010 and it’s been a breath of fresh air.
Now I am in complete control of my working hours and having the whole weekend off is such a major benefit. Unfortunately, I can’t replace that quality time missed when my children were very young but I am certainly making up for it now.
I always wanted to be a driving instructor but being self-employed has always been an obstacle as my wife is also self-employed and we felt that one of us had to stay in a job with a fixed-income, in reality I’ve never had a lack of work since joining the school and income as been steady and not a problem in any way”.
It is a very different way of life if I’m honest and I’m still adjusting having spent 30 years working in workshop settings leaving the house at 7:30 AM and coming home at 6 PM. The freedom to choose the hours I work and be around the family more is something which I have not had in the past. The freedom to plan holidays when I want them is also something I am making the most of.
The best thing about the job is watching students improve week on week and knowing that I am actually making a difference, seeing them gain in confidence and helping them to know they can do it.
Having spent some twenty years in retail management and fast approaching forty years of age, my career was reaching a “crossroads” and I had to decide which “direction” to take next.
Honestly not seeing myself doing the same job on an employed basis until my retirement age and always wanting to be self-employed, enjoying training, having experience in communication and being self-motivated, driving instruction was a natural progression and ticked all the boxes.
To this day, I have never looked back on becoming a driver trainer, the reward and sense of achievement when teaching an individual, a life skill is second to none. The challenge to get the best from a pupil, to see their confidence grow and grow to final success is very satisfying.
Before I became a driving instructor, I spent most of my previous working life in various factories and at first this satisfied me as I had a regular income and it kept me and my young family comfortable, however as I grew older I realised I was in a position with no prospects and had very little respect from my employers from all the hard work and dedication that I put into the job.
It was around this time I started to look at other options and one thing that appealed to me was becoming a driving instructor and as I had helped to run my sons football team when he was younger, I felt I had good communication skills with the players and maybe I could use this to become an instructor.
The nice thing about the job is that I can choose times and days I wish to work and I do feel that I’m being appreciated at what I’m trying to do. I’m very happy with the way my career is developing and only wish that I had made the decision much sooner”.
I’ve always loved driving and as soon as I turned 17, I could think of nothing better than learning to drive. After many years of working in logistics, running a pub and watching my daughter grow up, I thought a change was in order and what better way to make it than to teach people to drive.
The best part of the job is knowing that you are imparting your knowledge that someone is benefiting from and achieving their goal from your instruction.
I haven’t looked back since is the best move I’ve ever made.
I now feel I have the perfect work, life balance. I am able to arrange lessons around my daughter, choosing to work longer hours when I need extra funds but also cutting them back for quality family time. Being your own boss has many benefits but when running a pub, I had no control over the hours worked unlike now when I am in full control”.
I became a driving instructor in November 2012 and worked with a national driving school until April 2013.
I then went independent and was very proud to be operating with my name on the tuition vehicle. I went on to build a solid local reputation and I am now attracting more work than I can handle.
You may prefer to be in a position where you are working under the umbrella of a successful driving school, with all your marketing and admin taken care of. Or you may be the entrepreneurial type that would like to see your own name “in lights” at some stage and that’s absolutely fine of course.
The world, really is your oyster.
I have been sending out the books in the Burton, Ashby and Swadlincote, Coalville and Loughborough areas. But many that receive and read it decide it’s not quite right for them. That’s absolutely fine, at least they explored the possibility rather than simply accept their current situation.
The purpose of the book is not to persuade or convince you in any way but to give you an insight to what may be a solution for you.
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